Russian-Born Figure Skater Dies After Fall From Moscow Window

July 19, 2020 08:21 GMT – RFE/RL

Olympic figure skater Yekaterina Alexandrovskaya, a 20-year-old Australian national who was born in Russia, has died after falling out of a window in Moscow, her coach said.

Russian officials did not immediately comment on the cause of death, but coach Andrei Khekalo told AFP news agency that she had fallen from a sixth-floor window in central Moscow.

Russian media said she had left a note reading “I love” in Russian, suggesting it could have been a suicide.

The coach said Aexandrovskaya missed a training session in January and was later diagnosed with epilepsy, leading her to quit the sport.

He said she had earlier suffered from depression.

The Australian Olympic Committee confirmed her death.

“It is enormously sad to lose Katia who was a vibrant and talented person and an incredible athlete,” AOC Vice President Ian Chesterman, who was the team’s chef de mission in PyeongChang, said in a statement.

Alexandrovskaya, who obtained her Australian citizenship in 2016, competed in the pairs with Harley Windsor at the 2018 PyeongChang Games in South Korea. The pair won the 2017 world junior title.

Windsor, Australia’s first indigenous athlete to compete at a Winter Olympics, said he was “devastated” by the news of Alexandrovskaya’s death.

7 comments

  • This balcony-jumping culture that KGB Putin has created an atmosphere of hopelessness all over the country.

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  • Seems window jumping will soon become an olympic discipline and RuSSia the world record holder.

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    • Off topic : Mike, I hope you are feeling better and getting top of your second attack of chicom bat virus?
      I read that patients confirmed as having covid, recovering and then being infected again are incredibly rare. I think that medics would very much want to study your condition, history and antibodies, in the interest of science. I should imagine that might pay you quite well for your services!

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      • Ha,ha,ha! My condition is very stable this time (so far). Nobody offered me any money or taking part in a study. I go hiking and i drink, eat and sleep alot. And other than most right-wingers i always wear a 3M mask in public. Only in a park i take it off temporarily.

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